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NewsBreaks
Controversy Surrounds Stop Online Piracy Act as Mark-Up Approaches
by George H. Pike
On Oct. 26, 2011, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA; H.R. 3261) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. A companion bill to the previously introduced PROTECT-IP Act, SOPA would give government officials and content owners new authority to go after "rogue websites" that traffic in infringing, pirated, and counterfeit intellectual property. In the month since the act has been introduced, a groundswell of controversy has enveloped the proposal with competing claims that could lead to a "copyright police state," or that, if it doesn't pass, the "U.S. copyright system will ultimately fail."

Weekly News Digests
OverDrive Announces Ebook Device 'Test Drive' Program for Libraries
OverDrive announced Test Drive, a program for libraries to support demonstration and lending of ebook reading devices and tablets to their patrons. The program includes device recommendations and guidelines for setup, maintenance, and support, as well as best practices for institutions that want to stock and lend ebook readers and tablets to patrons. Whether you are considering providing demo units inside or lending devices outside the library, the Test Drive program will provide useful guidelines to work within the framework of your OverDrive ebook lending collection.
NLM Enhances Drug-Naming Standard for Electronic Health Records
The RxNorm standard clinical drug vocabulary produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) now contains more accurate and complete connections between National Drug Codes (NDCs) and standard nonproprietary names of medications recommended for use in electronic health records (EHRs). For the first time, it also includes the complete set of NDCs from Thomson Reuters' Red Book, a drug database widely used in the healthcare industry.
FindLaw Launches Legal Pulse
FindLaw.com introduced FindLaw Legal Pulse, a new content area that offers continuously updated legal headlines from around the world, along with news, photo feeds, and analysis from such sources as Reuters, the Associated Press, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. The content covers a broad range of law-related topics, everything from Supreme Court decisions to legislative updates, everyday legal issues, and even sports and celebrity news.

NewsLink Spotlight
EPUB 3 Becomes Final IDPF Specification—Poised to Unleash an Econtent Revolution
by Paula J. Hane
If you think that developments in ebooks and the e-reading experience have been hitting at a fast pace, get ready for it to get really exciting. A new specification has been approved that should accelerate the progress toward richer experiences. On Oct. 11, 2011, at Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany, the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) announced the completion of a major revision to EPUB, which has become the global standard interchange and delivery format for ebooks and other digital publications. The IDPF membership unanimously voted to elevate EPUB 3 to a final IDPF Recommended Specification, which is publicly available at http://idpf.org/epub/30.

Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

Jan. 5–8, 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)
Place: Koloa, Hawaii
Sponsor/Organizer: University of Hawaii–Manoa’s Shidler College of Business
URL: hicss.hawaii.edu/hicss_48/apahome48.htm

Jan. 6–8, 4th IEEE International Symposium on Emerging Trends and Technologies in Libraries and Information Services (ETTLIS 2015)
Place: Delhi, India
Sponsor/Organizer: Jaypee Institute of Information Technology’s Learning Resource Centre
URL: jiit.ac.in/lrcjiit/ettlis-2015

Jan. 7, CurateGear 2015: Enabling the Curation of Digital Collections
Place: Chapel Hill, N.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science
URL: ils.unc.edu/digccurr/curategear2015.html

Jan. 11–13, 2015 INFORMS Computing Society Conference
Place: Richmond, Va.
Sponsor/Organizer: INFORMS Computing Society
URL: sites.google.com/site/2015icsconference

Jan. 13–15, Digital Book World Conference + Expo
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: F+W and Publishers Launch Conferences
URL: conference.digitalbookworld.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=90839&tabid=195530&

Jan. 15, Data Visualization: How to Do It and Do It Well
Place: Boston
Sponsor/Organizer: NEASIST (New England Chapter of the Association for Information Science & Technology) and Simmons College Student Chapter
URL: neasist.org/2014/12/10/january-event-2015-data-visualization

Jan. 15–16, 4th International Open Access Conference@EKT
Place: Athens, Greece
Sponsor/Organizer: RECODE project and the National Documentation Centre
URL: recodeproject.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Conference_RECODE_ONLINE-PROGRAMME_1410.pdf

Jan. 19, ICSTI 2015 Annual Members’ Meeting
Place: Berlin
Sponsor/Organizer:  ICSTI (International Council for Scientific and Technical Information)
URL: www.icsti.org

Jan. 21–23, International Library Conference on "What’s Next in Libraries?"
Place: Silchar, Assam, India
Sponsor/Organizer: National Institute of Technology–Silchar and University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign’s Mortenson Center for International Library Programs
URL: whatsnextinlibraries.blogspot.in

Jan. 21–23, 2015 SLA Leadership Summit
Place: Baltimore
Sponsor/Organizer: Special Libraries Association (SLA)
URL: sla.org/attend

Jan. 22, Buying & Selling Content
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)
URL: siia.net/buysell/2015

Jan. 23–24, Library and Information Professionals Summit (LIPS) 2015: Transforming Dimension of IPR: Challenges for the New Age Libraries
Place: New Delhi, India
Sponsor/Organizer: Society for Library Professionals (SLP) and National Law University, Delhi
URL: api.ning.com/files/LB6l9Yyl8LA1O2gS1TWtY37cETMfbBNLoxcXow7*l6PaF8a49jX6al8zp3hkHn98-Aehmh7B8sVCLwg8t0QV*tEtTk-7SvBt/LIPS2015.pdf

Jan. 25–30, 29th Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 15)
Place: Austin, Texas
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
URL: aaai.org/Conferences/AAAI/aaai15.php

Jan. 27–28, Sustaining Partnerships to Transform Scholarly Production
Place: Whistler, BC
Sponsor/Organizer: Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) 
URL: inke.ca/projects/whistler-gathering-2015

Jan. 27–30, ALISE 2015 Annual Conference: Mirrors & Windows: Reflections on Social Justice and Re-Imagining LIS Education
Place: Chicago
Sponsor/Organizer: ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education)
URL: alise.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=853:alise-2015-conference&catid=21:alise-confrences

Jan. 28–30, International Conference on Digital Information Processing, Data Mining, and Wireless Communications (DIPDMWC 2015)
Place: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Sponsor/Organizer: Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC)
URL: sdiwc.net/conferences/dipdmwc2015

Jan. 28–30, BOBCATSSS 2015
Place: Brno, Czech Republic
Sponsor/Organizer: EUCLID (European Association for Library & Information Education and Research) and university students
URL: bobcatsss2015.com/wp

Jan. 29–30, Tackling Textbook Costs Through Open Educational Resources: A Primer
Place: Chicago
Sponsor/Organizer: SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and ARL/ACRL Institute for Scholarly Communication
URL: sparc.arl.org/events/tackling-textbook-costs-through-open-educational-resources-primer

Jan. 30–31, International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Future of Libraries: Issues and Challenges
Place: Gulbarga, Karnataka, India
Sponsor/Organizer: Karnataka State SC/ST Library Professionals Association
URL: scstlib.net

Jan. 30–31, ACP 2015 Mid-Winter Meeting
Place: Toronto
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP)
URL: publishers.ca/index.php/news-a-events/meetings

Jan. 30–Feb. 3, ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting
Place: Chicago
Sponsor/Organizer: American Library Association (ALA)
URL: ala.org/conferencesevents/ala-upcoming-annual-conferences-midwinter-meetings

... View our complete conference calendar here.

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